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Updated: 02/01/2013 07:12 | By Channel NewsAsia

Cost of living, housing among issues raised at Our Singapore Conversation

Cost of living, housing among issues raised at Our Singapore Conversation


Cost of living, housing among issues raised at Our Singapore Conversation

SINGAPORE: Cost of living, healthcare, housing, education, elderly issues and social values.

These were just some of the main topics raised at 155 Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) sessions from last September to January 2013.

The sessions were organised by the People’s Association and grassroots organisations at various locations in the heartland.

Some participants said that the high cost of living including housing was one of the primary factors for delaying marriages.

For older participants, they wanted to see more eldercare facilities promoting active ageing.

As for younger participants, they hoped that schools could move beyond academic excellence and focus on other qualities such as creativity.

Some of them also shared that they would like to see a more consultative government which engaged the public more before passing policies.

This was shared at a wrap—up session attended by more than 100 grassroots leaders on Thursday evening.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is also the chairman for OSC, said that there were still many things that needed to be improved.

For example, he said that the suggestion of interim housing for young couples would be taken into account.

The PA and grassroots organisations plan to organise more OSC sessions to engage some 1,000 residents from February to March.

— CNA/de

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